Eric Hebborn was the most successful art forger this century. By his own account he passed off some 1, paintings and drawings. The story of one of the most prolific art forgers of the 20th Century. Eric Hebborn, Self: Omnibus. Eric Hebborn was born in in South Kensington, London, England. He died on January 11, in Rome, Italy.

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Eric Hebborn born in London [1] 20 March — 11 January was an English painter and art forger and later an author. Develops disdain for modernism when his work is criticized for being old-fashioned and unoriginal. Hebborn had been working on the manuscript, titled The Language of Line, when he was found dead in a Roman street in after suffering a severe blow to the head. October 251: Please update your billing details here to continue enjoying your subscription.

Balfour-Oatts believes that Hebborn had not completed them before his death. Graham Smith states [3] that several of these were sold to their landlord Henborn Davis, several to Bond Street galleries and two or three through Christie’s sale rooms.

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In organizing the prints catalogued in the shop Eric began to understand more about paper, and its history and uses in art. In the BBC documentary, Portrait of a Master Forgeras well as in his autobiography, Confessions of a Master ForgerHebborn also asserted he created specific works in prominent collections which were later determined to be, in fact, authentic—causing even more confusion in the art world.

Close analysis also showed the collector stamps, normally valued as proof of provenance and authenticity, were actually hand drawn in erif ink Fig.


On 8 Januaryshortly after the publication of the Italian edition of his book The Art Forger’s HandbookEric Hebborn was found lying in a street in Rome, having suffered massive head trauma possibly delivered by a blunt instrument. Yet he confessed to his misdeeds in two bold autobiographies and on multiple erlc appearances.

Eric Hebborn

At 15, after his first exhibition, becomes the youngest member of the Maldon Art Club and wins a placement at Chelmsford Art School.

An art dealer in Rome heborn purchased several Old Master drawings at auction began to suspect their authenticity. Stories of endurance, world records and remarkable athletes. Moves to Walthamstow Art School in London.

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Will Korner of ALR said: Wed 28 Nov Loading comments… Trouble loading? The subscription details associated with this account need to be updated. When he took the drawings out of their frames and held hbeborn together, they looked like they had been executed on different sections of the same old paper—the striations, or chain marks, lined up and ran evenly through both hebvorn Fig.

Why Fakes are the Great Art of our Age. A documentary film Eric Hebborn: The trouble is he’s too good’. In the Shadow of an Old Master.

His training as a painting restorer taught him to repair damaged works, but also to enhance them and, at times, simply forge them. The number of works by Hebborn in public collections is unknown.

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Discovers talent for copying while duplicating master drawings for his thesis. Instead, as his exquisite drawing skills were belittled by the midth century art market, Hebborn became profoundly critical of the prevailing style of modernism and contemptuous of art dealers and experts. Writes a memoir, Drawn to Troubleclaiming he forged drawings attributed to Old Masters between and Alice Beckett states that she was told ‘ Witness History as told by the people who were there.


Views Read Edit View history. The greater the expert, the greater the satisfaction in deceiving him.

Lives with a foster family in Maldon, England.

The provenance of many artworks attributed to Hebborn, including some which are alleged to hang in renowned collections, continues to be debated. Returns to London and hired by art restorer George Aczel, who teaches him how to enhance paintings and add dubious signatures. In Hebborn admitted to a number of forgeries — and feeling as though he had done nothing wrong, he used the press generated by his confession to denigrate the art world.

Subscribe now and get unlimited digital access on web and our smartphone and tablet apps, free for your first month. Events from history when animals took centre stage. Archive — Witness The story of our times told by the people who were there. Excerpt from Eric Hebborn: Since the drawings were supposed to be by artists hundreds of miles and a century apart, it would have been impossible for both artists to have the same paper.

Authors a book, Lottatori Americaniwith 24 original etchings on the theme of American culture. He never sold his forgeries to amateur collectors, as a stipulation of his own moral code. Curators from prominent US museums notice drawings from their collections are on the same paper. According to his autobiography, his mother beat him constantly as a child.

Sketches of artist who duped dealers and galleries for decades to be auctioned”.